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15 responses to “DCI Peter Fox calls for Royal Commission into paedophilia within the Catholic Church”

  1. paul walter

    Just stumbled across this at SBS news site and Facebooked it.
    There is a denialist culture, perverse and stubborn, actually a godless opposition to the very core teachings of the religion. Therefore, Victoria Police have felt moved to make a pointed observation at a government inquiry into it.
    It is a practice not fit for a grub, arrogantly, defiantly, consciously and incredibly irresponsible and delinquent of an adult’s responsibilities and obligations to fellow humans of the most vulnerable kind, children.
    “If so much as as a single hair is harmed, it will not go well for such as these”.
    Amen, here endeth the sermon and sorry it couldn’t have been something positive, like the content of the Beatitudes.

  2. tigtog

    There’s an ex-priest just finished talking on ABC-24 Breakfast about his knowledge of systematic cover-ups of abuse in the Catholic Church in Australia and declaring that it is unfair to other victims that Barry O’Farrell’s announced Special Inquiry is going to be restricted to the cases in Newcastle-Maitland just because those were the ones of which Peter Fox had detailed knowledge.

  3. paul walter

    That could be the bod interviewed on Lattleline last night, has been writing a book on it all.
    I see Hockey and Shorten jumping to the church’s defence, isn’t this a ubiquitous feature when the issue reasserts itself as it does periodically?
    Also the old excuse that it happened in someone else’s diocese so therefore there was nothing the so-called authorities could do about it.

  4. Aqua of the Questioners

    To me, as a non-Catholic, the dynamic of the whole situation says a lot to me about Catholics and their church. Even with the horrific amount of negative publicity about both the primary offenses and the extent of cover-up, the church doesn’t seem particularly worried, from a “marketing” perspective, about how they look to the world.

    In other words, they don’t expect to lose any Catholics, and weren’t expecting to gain any converts anyway.

    (Compare to Penn State, which went into damage control mode, dismissing the president (VC equivalent) and retiring Paterno immediately.)

  5. Helen

    I generally try to have the chores done and be brushing my teeth by the time Lateline comes on but that time I was doing the nightly doggy physio (leg stretches and heat pack applied to the spine to combat spinal degeneration and back leg paralysis) with the TV still on and I’m very glad I did. The Fantastic Mr Fox has my overwhelming admiration but I’m cringing in anticipation of the underhanded career-crimping actions which I expect to follow from the police establishment.

  6. tigtog

    Helen, according to a tweet I saw from him there’s already background muttering about his character and a supposed mental illness.

  7. Helen

    This is my surprised face..

  8. Nell

    He really was most impressive but I did think he was a brave man. Life isn’t going to be easy for him from now on.

  9. Arcadia

    Well, he got what he wanted. Royal Commission, with wide scope, announced tonight.

  10. orlando

    If they come for him we’ll just have to make it super obvious how much the public is in his corner. One more great facet of online and social media is the ability to make public support visible.

  11. Chris

    If they come for him we’ll just have to make it super obvious how much the public is in his corner. One more great facet of online and social media is the ability to make public support visible.

    There’s probably a lot that management could do to make life for him at work difficult without him being able to prove discrimination.

    He has pretty much admitted that his career is over

    http://www.smh.com.au/national/satisfied-whistleblower-weighs-future-in-the-force-20121113-2994l.html

    Hopefully he’ll be able to find a good job outside of the police force.

  12. tigtog

    Hopefully he’ll be able to find a good job outside of the police force.

    He seems like the sort of person who would make a mighty fine Ombudsman.

  13. Arcadia

    if his career in the force does suffer, perhaps that would be covered by the scope of the royal commission, looking into the response of the police force?

  14. Aqua of the Questioners

    Arcadia, that doesn’t sound useful to me. If the cultural problems in the police survived a royal commission specifically looking into police corruption (Wood) I doubt another royal commission investigating something else is going to fix it. Fox also sounds accepting of his fate, so to speak. I think it’s up to rest of us to support him finding a career elsewhere. That might perhaps shame some within the police enough that change becomes possible.

  15. Chris

    Arcadia, that doesn’t sound useful to me. If the cultural problems in the police survived a royal commission specifically looking into police corruption (Wood)

    The response is unlikely to be as explicit as corruption anyway, or simply may not be illegal. Eg colleagues may decide to stop socialising with him because he spoke out publicly. Which would not be illegal, but would make life at work pretty difficult for him.

    I wonder perhaps if he could be used as an investigator for the royal commission for matters outside of NSW where he would be giving evidence. Or if it would still be seen as a conflict for him. He’s obviously got a lot of very useful experience in the area.

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